Energy & Environment: Markey Wants Answers on Rare Earths
• Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., "is pressing the Obama administration for information about alleged Chinese restrictions on the export of rare earth minerals used in defense and energy technologies, warning of threats to U.S. interests," The Hill reports.
• "Three months after BP capped its runaway well in the Gulf of Mexico, the state of Louisiana is still building a chain of sand berms off its coast to block and capture oil even as federal officials and many scientists argue that the effort will prove pointless," the New York Times reports.
• An Idaho couple has "sued the state to stop the shipments by Imperial Oil and ConocoPhillips" to an oil sands site in Canada, "arguing that the" truck loads delivered there "would threaten the integrity of Idaho's historic portion of U.S. 12, as well as the safety of communities that depend on it as the main road in and out of the area," the Times also reports. "National environmental groups and climate change activists are supporting their efforts, seeing a broader opportunity to stall development of Canada's oil sands, which they denounce as a dirty source of energy. "
• "Combating climate change has long taken a back seat to coal production in West Virginia, but in the hard-fought House race in this state's 1st district, global warming hasn't even made it onto the bus," The Hill reports. "In interviews on Thursday, both the Democratic and Republican nominees for Congress voiced skepticism of the science behind global warming, and the Republican, David McKinley, flatly called concerns about climate change 'an attack on coal.'"
Biography provided by participant
Christopher P. Vincze serves as the Chairman and CEO of TRC, responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of the company. He works directly with TRC's management teams to execute the Company's vision in the continuous effort to deliver value to its customers, shareholders, and employees. He was hired in May 2005 as COO to strategically integrate the business and develop the next steps in its evolution. He was then appointed President and CEO in January 2006 and named Chairman in November of 2006.
In 2006 Mr. Vincze launched and executed a recapitalization of the company and in 2007 launched and managed the execution of TRC's turnaround plan and companywide integration initiatives. Under his leadership, TRC continues to apply creativity, experience, integrity and dedication to deliver superior solutions to the world's energy, environment and infrastructure challenges.
Mr. Vincze currently serves as an appointed Board Member on the Commission on Transportation, the Commission on Transportation Restructuring, and Workforce Investment in Massachusetts. He is a member of the National Brownfields Association, Environmental Business Council, National Association of Industrial Office properties, Environmental Bankers Association, Construction Management Association, IBTTA (International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association), AOD (Association of Owners and Developers), CIMS (Construction Industries of Massachusetts), Team Florida Transportation and Team Texas Transportation.